Officials give update on Boston Marathon explosion

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BOSTON, Mass. – During a Monday evening news conference, officials provided more details about an explosion that ripped through Copley Square at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon.

At least two people were killed and dozens more injured. Officials couldn’t provide an exact casualty total. The explosion happened around 2:45 p.m., about two hours after the first marathoners crossed the finish line.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis said there were two simultaneous explosions near the finish line that resulted in multiple injuries. Davis also said a third explosion happened at JFK Library, although it appeared no one was hurt in that blast. Other law enforcement sources said at least two other explosives had been set off by police. Those sources described the explosives as homemade.

Police said they’re not sure if all three blasts are related, but they’re treating the situation as if they are. Later in the evening, Boston police said it appeared that the incident at JFK Library was “fire related,” backing away from earlier reports associating it with the marathon explosions.

The FAA has ordered a no-fly zone over the city and Boston-area cell phone service has been shut down to prevent any remote detonations.

Davis said two phone numbers have been set up; one for families to get information on loved ones (617-635-4500) and another for tips about the explosions (1-800-494-TIPS). Google has also set up a Boston Marathon Person Finder.

Officials are calling the investigation a “very fluid” situation. They’re also telling people not to congregate in large crowds. People should also stay away from the Boston Marathon area and JFK Library as the investigation continues.

18 comments

  • Chris

    Whoever the scumbags are that did this may they be hunted down &prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Prayers and thoughts are with all those impacted by this horrid event.

    • lucian

      useless useless… even if they will find that s***bag who did this, what good for? when the conditions in the prisons are better than @ any Motel 6? What good when the so called "human rights" activists will come and bitch around about "prisoners rough conditions". What good for when every inmate cost the tax payer more and more every day for their CATV, internet and other commodities which need them connected to the world. I think we should start fighting against these "human rights" activists, not being angry because a lunatic started to shoot in some square. Prisons needs to be prisons and not resorts. Alcatraz would be a good place. They need to know that a place like Alcatraz waits for them… not a resort with hot water, internet, premium TV channels and good meal..

      • lucian

        a drop of ink in the Pacific Ocean.
        We are talking about guys who have better life in the prison than outside. Prisons should be back as used to be! I would re-open Alcatraz. The costs of maintaining that prison would be significant lower than the damage of what the s***bags are doing into the society.
        Think this way: A guy rape a child, he gets 5-10 years in prison (good food, healthcare, good comfort) he get's out after 10 years. The child is affected for the rest of his life, he feels injustice, then when the child turns in his 20's, he's doing a mass-shooting somewhere. Who's guilty for the massacre? Well, we 'fight" for inmates rights because they need to be treated as "humans". I tell you this, they need to be treated as inmates, not as humans!

      • optional

        And have you been in jail or prison to know the wonderful conditions that you say they have. Better get your facts straight before you start this good meals and crap!!!!

      • lucian

        Yes, I've been working for a company who setup internet workstations for inmates, setting up phones for inmates so they can call free…. and the food: was better than what most of the americans have access to! Not talking about free healthcare while in the prison…

  • Loft

    Why do people do this? I hope this was a foreign attack and not domestic, we already harm each other enough as Americans but this would just take it to another level. Doubt its a Muslim attack because they like to suicide bomb and this seems like remote detonated bombs.

    All i can say is i pray there is as little life lost in an attack like this as possible and the person that did it needs to be beaten half to death every day for the rest of their lifes, beat them they let them heal for the night then beat them again.

    • Loft

      BTW the JFK thing wasnt an explosion it was an unrelated fire, so please fox take that out of your report cause its spreading more fear

  • Jeremy

    Obama is so worried about taking vacations,guns and our rights as AMERICANS. That he forgot to protect us from the terrorist plots and bombing!! Prayers and thoughts are with all those impacted by this horrid event.

    • Yo Momma

      So if your house gets robbed, are you goin to blame obama for that too??? He cant protect was from everything!

      • IndyRacer57

        When this country passes so many laws that only criminals have more fire power then the citizens do, Yes we will still blame Obama. Just like Bush got blamed for 911

  • IndyRacer57

    Now lets talk about Gun Control. Lets just let anyone who snicks across our broader come on in. Heck, make it easy for them to becomes citizens after they broke our laws. As long as this kind of thinking stays, expect more of this. Now I wonder, is this 'Bushes" fault.

  • kieran

    look at you lot moaning at each other over shit.. your country is the way it is because of all the bull shit you all hate each other you dont love thi neighbour..you stick your noses in other peoples problems.the comment on the if some one broke into your house would you blame obama for it is true obama is one man a human being like you and i he is not a god there is only so much he can do and trying to meet the demands of what you lot want from him is a fucking joke.bush was to blame for 911 he done it to his own counrty but then again half of you dont see the truth even if it smacked you right in the face.and the gun control well every one has a right to protect themselfs againts thi so called neighbour a crack head junkie who might just one night flip his lid.get a grip and get on with life its for living make the most of it god dam it do something for your counrty go help a homeless guy sleeping rought with no food .. plant a tree.. stop fucking moaning and bitching at each other.and ps god does not love.just love yourself.
    thoughts go out to the familys who have lost a loved one hugs from belfast

  • Fergus

    Does anyone who is posting know how to speak English correctly: apparently not. Your poor grammar and spelling reflect the quality of your comments. (familys = families, for example)

  • Guest

    WHERE WERE YOU HOMELAND SECURITY?! TOO BUSY LOOKING OVER BUILDING PERMITS AND GETTING YOUR PERCENTAGE?! HOMELAND SECURITY…. THE BLAME FOR THIS BOMBING AND THE DEATHS AND INJURIES BELONGS AT YOUR DOORSTEP!
    WHY WERE U NOT DOING YOUR JOB HOMELAND SECURITY?! SPEAK UP! LETS HEAR YOUR REASON FOR THESE BOMBINGS?! I WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOUR LEACHING PARASITIC ASSES WERE AND WHY YOU ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN?!?!?!?!?!?!

  • shep64

    Gosh — don't we all know that Bush is to blame for this???? And that our fearless leader will apologize for all the wrong that we have committed that caused the Boston Blast!!!

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